More and more of the world's people live in urban areas, which
share the same problems: unemployment, corroding infrastructure,
deteriorating environment, a collapsing social compact, and
weakening institutions. To ask why this is happening and what can
be done, twenty-two leading social scientists and experienced
public officials have pooled their experience and their research in
preparation for the June 1996 United Nations conference on human
settlement in Istanbul. Their collaborative effort is published in
Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces.
The contributors find commonalities in the globalized economy in
which all cities compete and in the mixes of squalor and splendor
found in urban environments east and west, north and south. But
common, too, in these accounts, are local, rather than national,
solutions to urban challenges, which local community groups often
view in purely local terms.
Contributors are Nezar Al Sayyad, Ilona Blue, Jordi Borja,
Robert Bruegmann, Galia Burgel, Guy Burgel, Michael A. Cohen, Maria
Elena Ducci, Allison Garland, Mohamed Halfani, Trudy Harpham, Lisa
Peattie, Julie Roqu, Blair A. Ruble, Hank Savitch, K. C.
Sivaramakrishnan, Martha Schteingart, Richard Stren, Joseph S.
Tulchin, Edmundo Werna, Michael White, and Weiping Wu.
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